Clobetasol propionate is classed as a very potent topical corticosteroid. Topical corticosteroids are also referred to as topical steroids. Topical steroids are used in addition to moisturizers (emollients) for treating inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. A topical steroid is used when patches of eczema or dermatitis flare up. Clobetasol propionate relieves the symptoms of a flare-up by reducing inflammation, itching and redness. It is not a cure for the condition, but it will help to relieve the symptoms. Specialist skin doctors may on occasion prescribe a short course of clobetasol propionate for the treatment of psoriasis, although it is not generally recommended for this skin condition. Clobetasol propionate is not recommended for use in children, although again, it may be prescribed for a child by a specialist doctor under certain circumstances. Clobetasol propionate is available as a number of different preparations. It is likely you will be prescribed a cream if the affected areas of your skin are moist or weeping, or an ointment if your skin is dry. It is also available as a shampoo and as an application for the scalp. There is also a preparation available which contains two antibacterial agents called neomycin and nystatin. You may be prescribed this preparation for short-term use if your skin has become infected. It is typically used twice a day for one week only.